Canned pineapple recipes are some of the handiest things to have in your back pocket.
So often, you find a can hiding at the back of your pantry cupboard, and don’t know what to do with it!
Let’s take a look at some sweet and savory options for what to do with a can of pineapple.
Sweets and baked goods seem like the obvious choices—canned pineapple is certainly a very sweet fruit.
But take a look at Hawaiian Chicken, Hawaiian Pizza, Pineapple Cole Slaw, or Pineapple Baked Salmon.
And get to know what could be your NEW favorite canned pineapple dessert: Do Nothing Cake, Pineapple Coconut Bread, or the age-old potluck favorites Ambrosia and Waldorf Salad.
To help you out of this sticky spot, we’re going to tell you what to do with canned pineapple to make fun, easy recipes at home!
1. Granny Cake
Having a grandmother that loves to bake is an almost universal experience around the world!
While this granny cake is a slightly less worldwide experience, it’s still a wonderful one.
The base is a simple white sponge cake, but the combination of the glaze and the nuts that top that sponge makes for a wonderful dessert or sweet snack.
To switch this recipe up a little, use different nuts than the walnuts the recipe says—feel free to experiment!
This recipe is one of the best pineapple ideas to make!
Generally speaking, ‘pineapple’ isn’t one of the most commonly prepared and enjoyed pies around the world.
Instead, people tend to enjoy options like apple, and cherry.
With that said, though, pineapple is a great ingredient for a pie!
It has the sharp acidity of citrus fruit, as well as the powerful sweetness of a berry.
Try it out soon, it’s a really great combination that we’re astonished more people haven’t tried!
We absolutely adore a good cobbler recipe!
Generally, they’re really similar to classic fruit crumbles, but they feel so much simpler to make.
Whether they are or not remains to be seen, but we certainly adore eating them!
The crust of a good cobbler, this one included, is decadently buttery while being wonderfully flaky and easy to eat.
We can’t get enough of it!
Oatmeal cookies are all well and good, but let’s not pretend they’re as good as chocolate chip.
The difference, of course, is the texture.
That’s the reason we love these cookies—they combine the chewier, chunkier texture of oatmeal cookies with the softness of cooked pineapple.
The sharp hit of pineapple is a great companion to the oatmeal cookie.
A delightfully simple version of a classic fruit crumble, this option would be great for a dinner party!
It’s so simple and easy to nail the first time you try it that we’re sure even a complete beginner could impress.
Try adding some cherries for a pop of color!
While lemon bars are the staple of any number of kitchens around the world, Pineapple Bars are much less heard of.
We love that this recipe makes use of canned pineapple to create these bars, while fresh lemons are typically encouraged for lemon bars.
The thing that hammers these bars home, though, is the amazing coconut drizzle!
It’s spectacularly tropical and delightful, we can’t recommend it enough.
In fact, we’d suggest making a little too much so that you’ve got some to sample as you cook—it’s divine.
While the combination of fruit and cheese doesn’t work for everyone in the world, this specific combination is a divine one!
At least in our option.
This recipe takes only 35 minutes, and it combines the majesty of tinned pineapple with the crunchy and saltiness of ritz crackers.
The whole thing is finished off with a spectacular cheddar, which defies expectations by working exceptionally well.
The spectacular thing about fruit cocktails is that it’s so easy to make.
All you need to do is wash some fruit, and then slice it up!
That’s spectacularly easy, and we’re sure you’ll be able to nail it yourself.
You can use whatever fruit you’d like, but the thing that hammers a good fruit cocktail salad home is the syrup from a tin of pineapple.
Toss the salad in that as though it’s salad dressing, and you’ll be blown away!
The word ‘Ambrosia’ comes from ancient Greece, where it was said to be the food of the gods.
While that’s a bit of a stretch of the imagination, a great ambrosia salad is certainly divine.
We’d suggest adding a little local honey to your ambrosia salad next time—it’s a great boost!
Coleslaw is something that truly divides people—the combination of different raw veggies isn’t too loved by most people, even though the people that do like coleslaw LOVE it.
This Pineapple Coleslaw is certainly different from any of your regular coleslaws—it’s bright, fruity, and a little sweet thanks to the pineapple.
This makes it ideal for adding to pork dishes, especially if you might have a bowl of it on offer at your next BBQ.
11. Punch Bowl Cake
Not only is Punch Bowl Cake a tasty treat, but it also looks really pretty!
It’s a great option if you’re looking to make something pleasantly simple that will taste like you put a lot of effort in.
The combination of pineapple and coconut is always great, but it’s especially good here!
12. Hawaiian Chicken
Hawaiian Chicken is something that we have so very rarely that we forget how much we love it.
Then, though, we make it for a cookout and remember how much we adore the wonderful flavors!
From the garlic and the pineapple to the smokiness from the grill, it’s a divine option.
This Upside-Down Cake is a great way to impress guests in your home.
While we go on and on about the fantastic flavor, the true brilliance of the dish is in the moistness!
Because of how well and quickly it’s prepared, you can have a delightfully moist cake ready in less than an hour.
This wonderful Pineapple Cheesecake comes together in no time at all, and barely needs more ingredients than you’re likely to have in your cupboards.
We love that this cheesecake doesn’t opt for the classic choice of a fruit cheesecake – where they have a plain cheesecake with a compote on top.
Instead, the cheese is infused with pineapple!
15. Millionaire Pie
This wonderfully simple pie gets its name not because of Millionaire’s shortbread, but because of how decadently rich the entire thing is.
We love the balance of all the different ingredients, from the pineapples within the pie to the cherry and walnut topping.
We love the use of walnuts here—they’re just bitter enough that they balance with the other ingredients wonderfully well!
We absolutely love a good black bean salad—it’s filling, wholesome, and honestly just really tasty.
The thing that makes this option different is that it uses pineapple in a classically savory role!
We love seeing this salad used as a bit of a topping.
While it’s chunky, it would certainly make a welcome addition to any plate of nachos.
Carrots continue to astound us with just how versatile they truly are.
Not only can they be used for a whole host of different savory dishes, but they’re also capable of boosting a whole host of sweet dishes too.
Their gentle sweetness counterbalances the tropical taste of pineapple in this cake—it’s so moreish!
This is a brilliant combination—tinned, crushed pineapples and cake batter!
It makes for a divinely light and moist sponge that, when coated with whipped cream and shredded coconut, is a great option for anyone with even the most tropical of tastes.
You can use whatever angel food cake mix you prefer to use—feel free to be a little creative and try something that you think might not work!
Easily boosting even the most elegant of tea parties, you can boost any box of cake mix into an haute cuisine delight in no time at all.
We love that you can easily make this recipe on short notice, meaning that you’ll always have a wonderful sweet treat in the house.
We’d recommend topping these cupcakes with crystallized pineapple after you’re done for an extra burst of flavor!
These are an utterly unique take on the pineapple upside-down cake, and they only take thirty minutes to make!
It’s made even more convenient by the fact that the canned pineapple slices and the donuts combine super effortlessly.
We love this simple recipe.
It takes a little longer than some of the others on this list, but it’s simply divine!
The outer texture is delightfully crispy, which means that it’s great when served with a generous scoop of ice cream.
22. Watergate Salad
This Watergate Salad is your ideal salad to create when you’re confused about what to make with pineapple.
While this dish might look a little odd, we assure you that it’s delightfully tasty!
It’s a simple sweet salad that comes together in less than ten minutes for a wonderful dessert—try making it soon!
Aside from being an unexpectedly brilliant flavor combination, this dish looks utterly beautiful!
There’s a combination of umami from the fish and sweetness from the pineapple that’s utterly divine.
You might not even need a side dish with this—simply serve more fish!
24. Pineapple Salsa
Pineapple is a great ingredient to add to your salsas and similar dips—it’s acidic, sweet, and totally tasty!
To really boost things, though, we love that this recipe combines jalapeños and pineapple into a wholly wonderful salsa—put this on your tacos soon!
Coffee cake is characterized by that thick, dense, crumbly texture that makes it perfect for having a slice next to a mug of steaming coffee halfway through a hard day.
This specific option, though, is a really tasty twist!
It has the added flavors of coconut and pineapple for a brilliant, tropical bake.
Banana bread is already one of our favorite sweet snacks, and trying this Hawaiian Banana Bread is the one and only way to supersede it.
Combining a basic banana bread recipe with crushed pineapples and maraschino cherries leads to an unexpected fruity kick.
Wondering about what things to make with canned pineapple?
Enter Pina Colada Quick Bread!
Surprisingly similar to the classic cocktail that we can’t get enough of, this bread is infused with coconut, pineapple, and, of all things, cinnamon!
It’s a brilliant combination that adds up to more than the sum of its parts, just as a good cocktail should.
28. Hawaiian Pizza
While waiting for the dough to rise can be a little frustrating, actually making the pizza is a breeze, and tastes wonderful!
Making your own pizza is shortcrust of the best slice you’ve ever had.
And if you’re a fan of pineapple, then eating canned pineapple before a delivery drive has given it time to dry out is a wonderful sensation.
29. Do Nothing Cake
This cake got its name from being so incredibly easy to make.
That’s not something you quite appreciate until you’ve made a large number of cakes but this one is wonderful!
We love that you simply stir ingredients together, pour them into a pan, and bake.
It makes a departure from trickier cakes, it must be said!
In this recipe, the author uses pecan nuts.
We’re sure that’s lovely, but we’d love to see cashew nuts used instead to change the texture a little and give the dish an interesting flavor change too.
Cashews are super creamy compared to most nuts!
The bottom line
The bottom line of this list is that canned pineapple is not only tasty, but it’s also wonderfully versatile.
If you’re looking for something to add to your pantry that will give you an almost endless list of great dishes with pineapple, so buy a few tins of pineapple next time you’re in the supermarket!
While you might need to stock up on a few pantry staples to make some of these recipes with canned pineapple, we’re sure that you’ll be able to get started in no time and make a feast fit for even the judgiest of house guests.
- Granny Cake
- Pineapple Pie
- Pineapple Cobbler
- Pineapple Oatmeal Cookies
- Pineapple Crisp
- Pineapple Bars
- Pineapple Casserole
- Fresh Fruit Cocktail Salad
- Ambrosia Salad
- Pineapple Coleslaw
- Punch Bowl Cake
- Hawaiian Chicken
- Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
- Pineapple Cheesecake
- Millionaire Pie
- Pineapple Fiesta Salad
- Pineapple Carrot Cake
- Pineapple Angel Food Cake
- Pineapple Cupcakes
- Pineapple Upside-Down Donuts
- Pineapple Coconut Bread
- Watergate Salad
- Pineapple Baked Salmon
- Pineapple Salsa
- Pineapple Coffee Cake
- Hawaiian Banana Bread
- Pina Colada Quick Bread
- Hawaiian Pizza
- Do Nothing Cake
- Pineapple Sorbet
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